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‘Kickoff, Mix-Off, Send-Off’ Promotes Safe Spring-Break Decisions

By Nichole Shanefelter, College Information & Community Relations Intern

With spring break (March 7-14) looming at Pennsylvania College of Technology, students are being encouraged to make good decisions during the respite from their studies.

Educating students about alcohol and drug abuse will be the primary goal of a “Kickoff, Mix-Off, Send-Off” at the College on Thursday, March 4, which is being co-sponsored by the College and Community Coalition and AAA North Penn.

The event, to be held at Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center, will also offer plenty of opportunities for fun, as students sample nonalcoholic drinks created by classmates in the culinary programs in the School of Hospitality at Penn College.

A “Mix-Off” to determine the three best-tasting drinks will be judged by a panel consisting of Mary Wolf, mayor of Williamsport; Gail Bair, KISS-FM; Frederick W. Becker, dean of hospitality; Sharon Waters, director of career/academic support and counseling services; Joan E. Schell, assistant professor of English composition; and Dan Hawk of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The south-of-the-border themed event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature food, games, dancing, prizes and information to help students enjoy their spring break safely. The program also will provide tips about passports, immunizations, insurance and safe travel.

“Since the purpose of the ‘Mix-Off’ is to encourage responsible decisions in relation to alcohol, we felt that an event prior to spring break would work well for college students,” said Kathryn A. Lehman, a Penn College counselor. “There is certainly a lot of media hype about college students gone wild during break.”

The College and Community Coalition includes faculty, staff and administrators from Penn College; law-enforcement and government officials; and various community leaders.

The Coalition was formed in the fall of 1999 with the help of a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. It meets on a monthly basis with the primary goal of preventing underage and excessive drinking by students.

For more information about the “Kickoff, Mix-Off, Send-Off,” call the Counseling and Career Services Center at Penn College at (570) 327-4765, or send e-mail.

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